The Community Shares Booster Programme is now open. This £3 million programme is delivered by the Community Shares Unit and funded by Power to Change. It aims to:

  • Make equity investments of up to £100,000 to match what societies can raise through community shares.
  • Provide development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice.

The Community Shares Booster Programme will support societies that can demonstrate high levels of community impact, innovation and engagement. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.  The first development grants will be awarded from early 2018 as part of this five year programme.

Read the full programme criteria and register your interest on 

Community Shares - how can they be used?

Community Shares Step-by-Step is an online tool that enables you to work towards launching a community share offer. It is designed to help anyone considering raising community shares at any stage of development, from those investigating the idea for the very first time, to those who are on the verge of issuing an offer.

Case study: Sutton Community Farm

A community-owned and run farm enhancing wellbeing and health eating

Sutton Community Farm explain what community shares are and how opening a share offer, as well as running a veg box scheme, has helped to sustain their community farm.

Find out more about the farm

Case Study: Shotley Pier

Restoring a Victorian railway pier for community use

In 2016, local people set up Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society (CBS) to save this 182m Victorian pier, raise funds to buy it and restore the pier into a working attraction where people can stroll, fish, and enjoy the amazing views down the Stour and across to Harwich and Felixstowe docks.

Have a peek at the pier
Stretford Public Hall

Case Study: Stretford Public Hall

Restoring a Victorian grade II listed ballroom for community use

Over 800 people bought community shares in Stretford Public Hall, with Power to Change match funding the first £100,000. The refurbished hall will have a far greater capacity and accommodate a range of activities including cinema screenings, conferences, concerts and weddings, plus well being activities such as yoga, meditation and art.

Find out how they saved the hall

Community Shares for Investors

Investing in community shares is a simple, direct and engaging way of supporting businesses that serve your community. ‘Community Shares for Investors‘ is a simple guide to investing in community shares, so you can learn more.